Friends of IPAC Avalanche Safety Courses

Friends of Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center's 2021/22 Avalanche Safety Courses

BONUS: All 2021/22 Avalanche Course Students will receive a FIPAC Bronze Membership!

Friends of Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center is excited to annouce our line-up of avalanche safety courses for the 2021/22 winter season. We hope you will join us this winter to further your backcountry and avalanche safety education here in the Idaho Panhandle! Listed below are this season's courses now available for sign up:

Avalanche Rescue Fundamentals  - $110

Details:

  • This course is focused on avalanche rescue skills only, and is designed for anyone, beginner or experienced, interested specifically in avalanche rescue training.
  • The pre-trip meeting is required for participation.
  • Detailed Course Description PDF
  • Students must provide all required equipment: 
    • Touring skis or split board with climbing skins, or snowshoes 
    • Avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe
    • Backpack (25-35L)
    • Layered clothing appropriate for spending an entire day in the winter backcountry

Avalanche Level 1 - $375

Details:

  • Students are required to complete an online course prior to the pre-trip meeting.  The online course takes about 5 hours to complete.  
  • The online course and pre-trip meeting are required for participation.
  • Students must be strong intermediate-advanced skiers/snowboarders to participate.
  • Detailed Course Description PDF
  • Students must provide all required equipment: 
    • Touring skis or split board – SNOWSHOES ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THIS COURSE
    • Climbing skins
    • Avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe
    • Backpack (25-35L)
    • Layered clothing appropriate for spending an entire day in the winter backcountry

Avalanche Level 1 – Motorized

Dates will be posted soon!

 

Avalanche Level 1 Refresher - $150

Details:

  • Prerequisite: Students must hold an Avalanche Level 1 certification 
  • Students are strongly encouraged to complete an optional online course prior to the pre-trip meeting.  The online course takes about 5 hours to complete.
  • The pre-trip meeting is required.
  • Students must be strong intermediate-advanced skiers/snowboarders to participate.
  • Students must provide all required equipment: 
    • Touring skis or split board – SNOWSHOES ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THIS COURSE
    • Climbing skins
    • Avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe
    • Backpack (25-35L)
    • Layered clothing appropriate for spending an entire day in the winter backcountry

Course Description: Students will spend a full day in the mountains reviewing their level 1 skills with a qualified and experienced IPAC instructor.  The instructor will model how they prepare, execute, and review a typical day of backcountry riding.  The objective of this course is to go do ‘the thing’ with the guidance of a professional. 

 

Wilderness First Aid for Winter Backcountry Users - $300

Details:

  • This course is offered in accordance with Desert Mountain Medicine’s Wilderness First Aid curriculum and standards.  For more information visit: www.desertmountainmedicine.com 
  • The pre-trip meeting is required for participation.
  • Students must be prepared to spend the majority of both days outside in winter conditions and therefore, dress appropriately.
  • Snow travel equipment is not required. However, we encourage students to bring their gear to assist with practice rescue scenarios.

Course Description: This course is designed for the winter backcountry user interested in bridging the gap between their avalanche education and medical response. The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is a great introduction to wilderness medicine and basic life support skills. This training focuses on prevention, assessment and treatment of injuries and illnesses common to winter backcountry recreation and includes wilderness medicine guidelines for the treatment of avalanche victims.

This specialty course is taught by Desert Mountain Medicine instructors who are employed as either professional mountain guides, or outdoor educators, in combination with emergency medicine (e.g., emergency department, mountain rescue, ski patrol or EMS).


 

All course payments are processed through PayPal: Credit and Debit cards are accepted also.

Following sign up and payment you should expect an email soon about your avalanche safety course with further instructions and information about the online portion if applicable.

COURSE ENROLLMENT QUESTIONS?

Please email us at education@idahopanhandleavalanche.org with any questions regarding our 2021/22 avalanche courses.

REFUND POLICY:

If you are unable to attend a course that you have registered and paid for, and you notify us that you are unable to attend at least 1 week before the date of the course, you will receive a 100% refund minus any PayPal transaction or processing fees. If you notify us less than 1 week before the course, you will receive a 50% refund. 

LEVEL 1 COURSE OVERVIEW:

American Avalanche Association- Avalanche Fundamentals, Level 1. In this class we teach you how to recognize avalanches, how to avoid them, the factors that result in each type, and how to become your own avalanche forecaster. We will also discuss avalanche dynamics and how to use the avalanche triangle (Snow, Weather, Terrain) to assess the stability of the snowpack. There are several tools that help with the avalanche assessment process and we will discuss their pros and cons. Finally we will spend a good portion of time avalanche rescue. We will talk about what to do if you get caught in an avalanche as well as practice organizing and executing an effective rescue. Students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the class.

Students must have familiarity with backcountry touring skis or a splitboard. Students must be a high-intermediate or expert level skier or snowboarder. Uphill travel capabilities will be necessary. Snowshoes are not allowed for uphill travel during the class.

LEVEL 1 COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  1. Describe the nature of avalanches and their danger
  2. Recognize avalanche terrain
  3. Understand basic snow metamorphism
  4. Conduct snow stability tests and snowpits
  5. Learn how to identify and avoid avalanche terrain
  6. Learn effective techniques for avalanche rescue

LEVEL 1 COURSE FOCUSED TOPICS:

  • Avalanche phenomena
  • Route selection
  • Travel considerations and group communication
  • Mountain geographic features and weather
  • Snow physics
  • Different types of snowpacks
  • Field observations, tests and judging instability
  • Use of avalanche and weather tools
  • Human factors and the use for systematic decision tools
  • How to use information from the avalanche forecast
  • Rescue strategies and techniques

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT FOR ALL COURSES:

  • Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe
  • Daypack 20-45 liters
  • Lunch and snacks for the day
  • Extra gloves / Insulated layer
  • Enough water for the day (at least 1 liter)
  • Sun protection (sunglasses/ sunscreen)
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Knit hat, goggles, gloves, wind block for face (gator or buff or balaclava)
  • Insulating layers and emergency layer
  • * Optional- compass, inclinometer, snowsaw, pit kit, warm drink, etc…

RECOMMENDED READING FOR ALL COURSES:

  • ‘Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain’ Bruce Tremper
  • ‘The Avalanche Handbook’ Peter Schaerer & David McClung
Classes offered: 
Avalanche Awareness
Refresher
Level 1
Locations: 
Selkirks
Purcells
St. Regis Valley
Certification: 
AAA - American Avalanche Association